EMSI’s latest analysis on Forbes explores the key role that data plays in a growing number of occupations. Below is the opening, along with some cool charts and maps.
Let’s try something. You’re playing Pictionary. You select doctor. What will you draw? A stethoscope, obviously. If you get painter, you’ll sketch a paintbrush. Judge? A gavel. Accountant? A big calculator. Web developer? Computer, maybe some headphones.
You get the point: We identify occupations with the requisite tools of the trade. And these are all familiar occupations with familiar tools. But in today’s economy, there’s a whole crowd of new (and existing) occupations with a new tool, one that isn’t quite so easy to draw. The tool is data, its occupations are legion, and it is reshaping a lot of jobs out there.
The data epiphany has been likened to the invention of the microscope: For the first time, we can see an entire world that we could only guess at before. And with this insight comes the demand for people who know how to interpret what they see. Based on a quick analysis, there were three data-oriented jobs for every one active job candidate in the past year. New technology has hugely improved computing power, data storage, and software creation, all of which helps us turn the data into more actionable information so that businesses and consumers make decisions based on knowledge rather than gut feeling. And thanks to the Great Recession, traumatized industries are in dire need of reevaluation–reevaluation that cries out for data.
So, many companies are now feeling their way around in this new era of data. But it isn’t highly institutionalized or systematized yet, and everyone is writing their own playbook. To get a better picture on how this is playing out in the labor market, let’s examine the sorts of jobs that are likely trying to mastermind how to use data for their organizations. How have they grown since the recession? What are they focused on? Do certain cities show more specialization for these jobs?
To find out, we narrowed the 800 standardized occupations (as classified by the BLS) down to 52 where data use is either already a core competency or else quickly becoming one. Over the next decade, these are the kinds of jobs that will almost certainly become even more defined by data as their go-to tool.
The data-oriented occupations fall into seven main categories:
And here are where those jobs are primarily concentrated and seeing the most rapid growth. Three perennial job-creating all-stars— Washington, D.C., San Jose, and San Francisco—have the highest concentration of these jobs. We also see some unusual suspects, with Bridgeport and Richmond among the leaders in jobs per capita.
The New York City metro has the most jobs (776,000) and is also projected to add the most (nearly 39,000). The cities with the highest expected percent growth from 2010 to 2014 are Provo, San Jose, and Austin (each 18-19%). San Jose, D.C., and Boston have the highest average wages.
Here is the full breakout of all the occupations we looked at.
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